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North Side’s East African Businesses Struggling with Rising Costs, COVID

Despite financial challenges, these Chicago shops are surviving with help from Ethiopian, Somali and other East African immigrant communities.
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The Family that Transgender Asylum Seekers Built

Mexico’s Casa de Colores has provided a home to a group of Salvadoran transgender women while they wait for asylum in the United States.
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Reclaiming the Sacrifice Zone

The youth-led campaign for environmental justice on the Southeast Side.
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Borderless Magazine’s Photos and Illustrations of the Year

From building a community garden to trying on a Quince dress, Borderless Magazine’s visual journalists told the stories of our immigrant communities this year.
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Our Favorite As-Told-To Stories of 2021

From organizers to artists, Borderless Magazine worked with immigrants in 2021 to tell their stories, their way.
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With Congress gridlocked, advocates say it’s up to state and local lawmakers to protect the undocumented elderly

Advocates say Illinois lawmakers should build welfare programs that mirror those for citizens, like food stamps and unemployment insurance.
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How to Find an Immigration Lawyer

When do you need an immigration lawyer? How can you find free legal help for your immigration case? We answer your questions.
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Chicago’s Herbalists Are Filling Gaps in Health Care Access During COVID

As misinformation about natural cures soars during the pandemic, trained herbalists in Chicago are educating vulnerable immigrant communities.
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Chicago’s Undocumented Seniors Face Slim and Dangerous Housing Options

With a high cost of living and no social safety net, undocumented seniors often depend on families and are at high risk of losing their homes. This is part three in a series with the Chicago Tribune on the growing population of undocumented seniors in Illinois.
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Illinois’ New Health Care Program for Undocumented Seniors Leaves Some of the Most Vulnerable Behind

The program enrolled over 9,000 people in its first year, but doesn’t cover long-term care — a dangerous pitfall for many undocumented seniors.
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Aging in the Shadows: A Crisis of Older Undocumented Workers Awaits Illinois

The number of undocumented immigrants ages 65 and over in Illinois is set to grow exponentially. Advocates say it’s a crisis in the making. Injustice Watch and the Chicago Tribune teamed up to report on the challenges facing Illinois’ aging undocumented population.
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How to Support Ukrainians

A running list of events held by Chicagoans to build solidarity with and awareness of the ongoing war in Ukraine
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The Essential Guide to Mutual Aid Groups in Chicago

From Little Village to Rogers Park, where to give and get help from your neighbors this holiday season in Chicago and its suburbs.
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Where to Find Free COVID-19 Tests in Chicago

PCR and rapid testing is available throughout the Chicago area. Stay on top of your health and find a testing site in your neighborhood.
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How Two Queer Latinx Artists Are Bridging Generations Through Archives

Amanda Cervantes and Jose Luis Benavides look at how far the queer Latinx community has come in their work with Chicago’s Gerber/Hart archives.
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How Chicago’s Amigas Latinas Made It OK to Be Out in the ’90s

The monthly discussion group Amigas Latinas provided a safe space in Chicago for Latina lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer women.
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The Making and Unmaking of Mexican Chicago

Historian Mike Amezcua examines the origins and anti-gentrification struggles of Latinx Chicago neighborhoods like Pilsen and Little Village.